Testimonials

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“Dear Mrs. Spencer Dixon:

“I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your outstanding presentation on ‘Time Management for Lawyers’ before the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services. The feedback from our attorneys and other professional staff has been quite positive. Over the next few months, I suspect that our staff will begin testing the effectiveness of the time management techniques described during your presentation. I know that for those of us who are technologically oriented, but not always proficient, applying many of your ideas to better manage our time will be an enjoyable challenge. Your suggestions were right on point. I look forward to your forthcoming publication on the subject.

“Again, thank you for a most enjoyable and educational experience.”

Lewis Morris, Esq.
Chief Counsel
Office of the Inspector General
Department of Health and Human Services
Washington , D.C.
October 6, 2006

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"Meg was first rate! She worked with us to customize a presentation that was well received. You'd think after years in law school and practicing law in a challenging environment, you would know all you need to know about "time management;" but Meg gave us practical ideas for taking our use of time to the next level, freeing us up to do more of what we choose to do."

David S. Heller, Esq.
Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
Chicago
May 2, 2006 (via e-mail)

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“Dear Meg:

“Thank you for conducting your Organization and Time Management course for our attorneys and paralegals. Both courses got great reviews. It was important that participants leave the session with practical ideas that they can quickly implement – and they certainly did. I appreciate the fact that you really listened to what we wanted from the course and tailored it appropriately. I’ve heard several people talking about how they are already adopting some of the techniques you suggested to get organized and better manage their time.

“You were also wonderful to work with – obviously you ‘live’ your organization skills. I appreciate how professional and customer service oriented you are – making things easier for me by being clear, responsive and going the extra mile to make sure all your materials are perfect. You even took the time to help me put together a follow up e-mail to participants – reminding them of what they learned.

“Thanks so much. I look forward to working with you again in the future.”

Lori Berman
Manager, Professional Development
Howrey LLP
December 13, 2005

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“Dear Meg:

“On behalf of the AIPLA Young Lawyers, Education, and Law Students Committees, we would like to thank you for the fabulous time management presentation you gave for our joint meeting at the 2005 AIPLA Annual Meeting last month. The law students and young lawyers that I spoke with after the presentation gave you rave reviews. I think that everyone who attended greatly benefited from your presentation.

“Again thank you very much for giving the presentation to our group. It was a pleasure meeting you and your father. I am sure that our paths will cross again soon. Please let me know if I can ever be of assistance to you.”

Troy E. Grabow, Esq.
Vice-Chair, AIPLA Young Lawyers Committee
Associate
Finnegan Henderson Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
November 30, 2005

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“Dear Meg:

“I wanted to thank you for all of your efforts in staging a very successful session for our Law and Regulatory Departments. Our lawyers, paralegal, compliance manager and regulatory professionals all found your session to be informative and helpful. Everyone appreciated your overall approach to time management and the practical tips that you suggested they adopt in their day-to-day work. Many of us already have adopted some of your techniques to enhance our overall effectiveness in handling the multiple tasks that are required of us.

“Thanks again for a most productive afternoon!”

Richard D. Gorelick, Esq.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary
Integra LifeSciences Corporation
Plainsboro, New Jersey
May 24, 2005

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“Meg Spencer:

“A copy of my letter to ICLE follows. I cannot remember attending any seminar, or class, where I obtained so much useful information. I suppose a lot of your wisdom could be considered common sense, but relating it to a law practice and giving specific ways to implement it really made this relevant for me. I bought a Palm Pilot on the way home and can already see how it will be a real help. I bought a book on Outlook, too.

“The one thing I did wish I had was a copy of your notebook index. It is always much easier to use someone else's idea as a starting place than it is to be creative in your own right. I would like to get a copy, if it is not proprietary and is just a matter of attaching it to an e-mail.

“Again, thanks for the blueprint and for your courtesy and patience in answering so many individual questions during the breaks and lunch.

“ICLE
“P.O. Box 1885
“Athens, GA 30603-1885

“Dear Sir or Madam:

“I would like to request two copies of the booklet from the ICLE time management seminar I attended at Colony Square last week. I have enclosed my check in the amount $24.38.

“I suppose it should only be expected that a time management, organization consultant would put on a very organized, informative presentation. However, this was one of the best seminars I have ever attended and Meg Spencer was a gem. The written materials were excellent, the presentation was excellent and supplemented the written materials rather than repeating them. Best of all, I can see the top of my desk for the first time in two years. I know the seminar never would have come off so well without some advance planning and smooth transitions, so compliments to Dan White, too.”

Robert N. Elkins, Esq.
Fortson, Bentley & Griffin P.A.
Athens, Georgia
January 22, 2001 (via e-mail)

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“Dear Meg:

“Thank you very much for the seminar you presented to our partners and associates on time management and organizational skills. The seminar was very well-received by our attorneys. Several of the attorneys who attended the seminar have already put some of your ideas into practice.

“Your presentation was both practical and inspirational, and you provided us with significant motivation to develop goals for our careers and personal lives. We look forward to continuing to work with you in the future.”

Carol A. Fitzsimmons, Esq.
Partner, Hodgson Russ Andrews Woods & Goodyear LLP
Buffalo, New York
September 5, 2000

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“Dear Meg:

“Thank you again for the presentation on time management you made to our attorneys earlier this month. The pre-program surveys and interviews you conducted really paid off; all of our attendees felt their particular concerns were addressed, and you did not spend time on things that were of less importance to this particular crowd. Your approach and delivery were practical and fast-paced – just the thing for busy attorneys.

“I am already applying some of your ideas for curbing my own bad habits, and I look forward to working with you again soon.”

Holly S. Hand
Director of Attorney Recruiting & Development
Miller & Chevalier Chartered
Washington, D.C.
April 28, 1999

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“Dear Meg:

“Just a brief note to thank you for the nice job you did with the Time Management presentations you provided for Crowell & Moring. I got very positive feedback from our lawyers and legal assistants; they enjoyed the presentations and found them very useful. The practical tips you provided were the most appreciated aspects of the program. I thought it was noteworthy that the group of individuals who stayed around at the end of the presentation to talk further with you were all partners – the people who had had the most experience wrestling with the time management problems which beset us attorneys, and who therefore were most familiar with the trade-offs in various time management approaches.

“Thanks again for a job well done.”

Thomas C. Means, Esq.
Chairman, Committee on Lawyer Training
Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP
Washington, D.C.
November 25, 1998

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“Dear Meg:

“Thanks again for presenting two of the best break-out sessions at our Solo and Small Firm Conference – “Overcoming Procrastination: How to Get Things Done Despite Yourself” and “Managing Your In-Box: Time Management and Organizational Skills”. The programs were right on target, especially for solo and small firm practitioners.

“Your evaluations overall were very good. In fact, one of our attendees commented that “She [Meg Spencer] was the best speaker of the program.’

“Thanks again for being part of our Conference. I hope to have you back again. You inspired many of the attendees to go home and put these ideas into action.”

Linda Oligschlaeger
Membership Services Director
The Missouri Bar
Jefferson City, Missouri
November 19, 1998

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“Dear Ms. Spencer:

“Enclosed are the evaluations received regarding your presentation at MLM’s June 11, 1998 Risk Management Seminar. Needless to say, your presentation was extremely well received by the attendees. I certainly believe you provided a good deal of very valuable and practical information for our insureds that will be easily applied to their practices, and will aid in reducing the malpractice risk.

“I certainly hope to have the opportunity to work with you again in the future.”

Timothy J. Gephart
Vice President, Claims
Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company
Minneapolis, Minnesota
June 23, 1998

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“Dear Meg:

“Thank you for presenting your seminar on ‘Organization and Time Management for Lawyers’ on behalf of the MU Law School in St. Louis and Kansas City as part of the law school’s CLE curriculum. The seminar was a huge success in both cities! In fact, I hope you will agree to present your seminar for us again next year.

“I have enclosed copies of the evaluations by the attendees, together with a compilation of the evaluation scores and comments. As you can see, your presentation received excellent ratings. The audience appreciated your wonderful speaking skills (crucial for a full day program) and found the content to be of practical benefit to both their professional and person lives. In short, you were a hit!

“Thanks again, Meg.”

Kellie R. Early, Esq.
Director, Continuing Legal Education
University of Missouri-Columbia
School of Law
Columbia, Missouri
January 22, 1998

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“Dear Meg:

“On behalf of my partners and associates, let me extend McDonald Carano’s appreciation for the excellent presentation you gave during our attorney retreat in Ojai earlier this month. I have received numerous positive remarks regarding the seminar since we returned to the office. I also note that several of our attorneys have your materials on their desks, and are implementing the time management and organizational techniques that you discussed.

“I will highly recommend you as a speaker to a colleague of mine who is looking for a speaker at a similar function. I hope you continue to enjoy the success that you have had. Again, thank you.”

George F. Ogilvie III, Esq.
Partner, McDonald Carano Wilson LLP
Las Vegas, Nevada
October 28, 1997

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“Dear Meg:

“Thank you for your excellent presentation on “Time Management” during the recent 1997 ABA Annual Meeting on behalf of our Law Practice Management Section for the Section of Employment and Labor Law. I was impressed with your presentation, Meg. The materials were excellent, clear, practical and professional. Your presentation was focused and well-planned. I was especially impressed with how you engaged members of the audience in your presentation, soliciting their own ideas and reactions to your points.

“I attended your program as a representative of our Section. I want you to know that I learned a great deal about personal time management from your presentation, and have already begun to reread the materials that you distributed. Again, my congratulations on an excellent program. I hop that you will continue to work with your Section and other ABA entities to deliver such high-level, practical and professional information to our members.”

Rosemary Shiels
Director
ABA Law Practice Management Section
American Bar Association
Chicago, Illinois
August 11, 1997

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“Dear Meg:

“Thank you so much for joining me and the general counsel of the Fortis operating companies on June 25th at our offices in New York for what was a most effective discussion regarding time management techniques for lawyers. As I’m sure you gathered from the questions raised and the comments made during your presentation, re-claiming some of our time so that we can focus on the things that are important but not urgent is of vital importance in our professional and personal lives. Your insights helped enlighten us.

“We were certainly impressed with your ability to vary your presentation to fit our audience and your willingness to stray from your prepared text to deal with issues that were not necessarily on point. Also, to see that you continue to question the ‘tried-and-true’ and jettison it if it doesn’t make sense, is quite refreshing.

“In addition to all of the above, I must say I was personally impressed to know that, despite your recently having undergone surgery, you thought us important enough to keep your commitment, although all of us would have easily understood had you backed out.

“Yours was the first presentation that I have ever scheduled without having first met and observed the presenter; I’m extremely glad I did!”

Jerome A. Atkinson, Esq.
Senior Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel
Fortis [now Assurant], Inc.
New York
July 1, 1997

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“Dear Meg:

“I am writing to thank you again for speaking at the Women’s Bar Association lunch on December 18. Your presentation was terrific, and judging from the comments I heard afterward, everyone enjoyed it as much as I did. I’m sorry that the holidays prevented more people from attending.”

Cynthia Thomas Calvert, Esq.
 Washington, D.C.
December 31, 1996

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“Dear Meg:

“On behalf of all of the intellectual property law firm administrators who attended your presentation on April 30th, I would like to extend our appreciation for your presentation. I, personally, have attended several of your presentations and continue to find them extremely informative, relevant and entertaining.

“I have received nothing but glowing accolades about your presentation. Of course, organization and time management is a subject that law firm administrators are constantly trying to master, not only for themselves, but for the attorneys and support staff within their firms. Your presentation is thorough and quite delightful. Also, everyone appreciated the sample month of your ‘Time Management Tool.’ It is an excellent tool!

“Thank you again! I will look forward to another one of your presentations.”

Lauren L. Fuller, Esq.
Administrative Attorney
Spencer & Frank
Washington, D.C.
May 8, 1996

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For more information (including references and all twenty-three testimonial letters in hard copy or PDF format), please e-mail MegSpencerDixon@TimeManagementForLawyers.com.